Optimize All The Things

by Bartłomiej Płotka & Ivan Valkov

Welcome to OAT!

Join us to discuss ideas and tools that make our software and development processes faster, more efficient, and healthy! We talk about performance improvements and valuable optimizations to software development processes like testing, debugging, running in production, open-sourcing or collaborating. Learn from experts how they improved their products, engineering processes or life habi ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Building a Global Scale Authorization Startup: The Story of AuthZed's Co-Founder Jimmy Zelinskie

    Building a Global Scale Authorization Startup: The Story of AuthZed's Co-Founder Jimmy Zelinskie

    In this episode, we talk with Jimmy Zelinskie, co-founder and CPO of AuthZed, about his journey in building a global scale OSS authorization startup. Jimmy shares insights into the creation and evolution of SpiceDB, an open-source database optimized for authorization decisions. We chat about Jimmy’s story of transitioning from an engineer to a product manager, the importance of open-source in building the business, and the strategies that helped AuthZed find its first customers. Jimmy also discusses the inspiration behind AuthZed, Google’s Zanzibar paper, and the unique challenges of building a startup grounded in cutting-edge research. Where to find more about Jimmy and AuthZed: - LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jzelinskie/ - X - https://x.com/jimmyzelinskie - Jimmy’s Github - https://github.com/jzelinskie - AuthZed - https://authzed.com/ - SpiceDB on Github - https://github.com/authzed/spicedb - The Zanzibar Paper annotated by AuthZed - https://authzed.com/zanzibar - Discord - https://authzed.com/discord Where to find Bartek: - LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bwplotka/ - X - https://x.com/bwplotka Where to find Ivan: - LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivan-valkov/ - X - https://x.com/ivvalkov As always, feedback and questions are welcome! You can use this form - https://forms.gle/NmUGeqMtyP6H6mMP9 Episode breakdown: 0:00 Episode intro 2:05 Jimmy’s introduction 3:53 Jimmy’s software engineering background 9:06 On becoming a founder 14:47 Experimenting with different startup ideas 20:41 The Zanzibar paper and using research in startups 26:44 Finding your first customers 31:56 Building SpiceDB 38:11 Monetization in an OSS startup 42:34 Authorization deep-dive 52:19 Product management in a startup 1:01:47 Where to find out more

  • The Open Source Data Movement Unicorn: Michel Tricot's Airbyte Story

    The Open Source Data Movement Unicorn: Michel Tricot's Airbyte Story

    In this episode, we talk with Michel Tricot, co-founder and CEO of Airbyte, about his journey in building a successful open-source data movement platform, the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and insights into startup culture and balancing work with family life. Michel shares his experiences from being a software engineer to leading a unicorn company, emphasizing the importance of community, open-source, and the strategic pivots that led to Airbyte's success. Where to find more about Michel and Airbyte: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/micheltricot/ X - https://x.com/micheltricot Airbyte - https://airbyte.com/ Github - https://github.com/airbytehq/airbyte Airbyte's blog - https://airbyte.com/blog Where to find Bartek: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bwplotka/ X - https://x.com/bwplotka Where to find Ivan: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivan-valkov/ X - https://x.com/ivvalkov As always, feedback and questions are welcome! You can use this form - https://forms.gle/NmUGeqMtyP6H6mMP9

  • Profiling, AI, and Creating a Startup Culture: Insights from PolarSignals' Founder Frederic Branczyk

    Profiling, AI, and Creating a Startup Culture: Insights from PolarSignals' Founder Frederic Branczyk

    In this episode, we sit down with Frederic Branczyk, founder of PolarSignals, to explore the intersection of advanced profiling techniques, AI-driven optimizations, and the nuances of building a successful startup culture. Frederic shares his journey from a technical contributor to a startup leader, offering insights into both the technological and business aspects of running a tech company. Where to find more about Frederic and Polar Signals: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederic-branczyk/ X - https://x.com/fredbrancz Mastodon - https://hachyderm.io/@brancz Polar Signals - https://www.polarsignals.com/ Parca - https://github.com/parca-dev/parca/ FrostDB - https://github.com/polarsignals/frostdb Polar Signals Seed announcement - https://www.polarsignals.com/blog/posts/2024/03/12/ai-funding-and-exciting-customers Let's Profile YouTube series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tScFlySdSAc&list=PLhTDiyZ1B3JkDCzGKp_3K3J-au054MQ_z Where to find Bartek: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bwplotka/ X - https://x.com/bwplotka Where to find Ivan: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivan-valkov/ X - https://x.com/ivvalkov As always, feedback and questions are welcomed! You can use this form - https://forms.gle/NmUGeqMtyP6H6mMP9

  • Optimizing SW Adoption & Maintenance: API Compatibility Guarantees with Björn Rabenstein

    Optimizing SW Adoption & Maintenance: API Compatibility Guarantees with Björn Rabenstein

    Today we have a very special guest, Björn Rabenstein, ultra experienced engineer, long time Prometheus maintainer. In this episode we touch on the topic of versioning and backward or forward compatibility of software APIs and interfaces. Learn how to make your code nice for others or use versioned components effectively for yourself. We discuss semver, and why you also seen many projects, escaping this model with lifetime version of v0. The main topic starts at 18m35s. References: No lens camera: https://futurism.com/the-byte/camera-no-lens-location-ai Crab: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=36122270 Paying for GH stars: https://the-guild.dev/blog/judging-open-source-by-github-stars?utm_source=unknownews Stack Overflow seeing lower traffic: https://www.similarweb.com/blog/insights/ai-news/stack-overflow-chatgpt/?utm_source=unknownews Nvidia passes 1 trillion $ of evaluation: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/may/30/nvidia-chipmaker-value-ai-chip-shares-artificial-intelligence Beautifully edited by amazing Yanitsa Spassova! As always, feedback and questions are welcomed! You can use this form - https://forms.gle/NmUGeqMtyP6H6mMP9

  • Optimizing Productivity with Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Motivation

    Optimizing Productivity with Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Motivation

    In this episode we discuss an important topic of productivity in our live and work. We explore often forgotten topic of motivation for our work, self-compassion, energy balance to tackle tedious tasks and healthy habits for software development, meetings and more! We also touch on the topic of social media use. References: Amazon Prime moving out of AWS Lambda: https://www.primevideotech.com/video-streaming/scaling-up-the-prime-video-audio-video-monitoring-service-and-reducing-costs-by-90 Leaked memo, AI alone is not a moat: https://www.semianalysis.com/p/google-we-have-no-moat-and-neither Epic, inspiring episode about embracing death (Limitless): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11714334/ Atomic Habits Book: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits Rollup Meeting Notes Template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AHgEyaNdI0YQgPnxDqF1BD1K8b-VJzFOgBAoS4IhSJo/edit Beautifully edited by amazing Yanitsa Spassova! As always, feedback and questions are welcomed! You can use this form - https://forms.gle/NmUGeqMtyP6H6mMP9